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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chikins!


Joy has discovered that if she lies perfectly still, the wild wubba chikins' curiosity will overcome their timidity, and they will approach her. If everything goes according to plan, she will have a flock of pet chikins by the end of the month. 



Just in case you don't know, wubba chikins are a "thing" in the Blythe doll community, and it was started by one woman, Juliet Waldon, who took pictures of her dolls with them, and mailed one free to anyone who asked. There is a whole Flickr group dedicated to Blythe and chikins, with Wednesday being proclaimed "Wubba Wednesday". Really! To take a look at this group, click HERE.

Joy is my My Melody Blythe doll. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bonding



"I am your girl, and you are my horse."


Cecilia (Cinema Princess) and Maximus. Together forever.




Monday, April 24, 2017

Mustache Monday


Drink up! Milk is good for your body!

(This has been a paid endorsement.)




Paisley's acting career is starting to take off...the National Dairy Counsel has chosen her for their spokesperson! It's a good thing she likes milk...she must have swallowed a gallon of it, trying to get her milk mustache just right. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Read a Book


Does Zelda read because she's smart? Or is she smart because she reads?


Zelda is my Blythe Adores Anna Sui doll.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cinema Princess Got Her Horse

For Cecilia, it was love at first sight. 
For Maximus, it was all about the carrot. 



This is Cinema Princess, wearing her stock riding outfit, which is surprisingly detailed and complete. Since she came with a riding outfit, she needed a horse, and I really like this one, which I found at WalMart...he is Maximus from the animated movie Tangled. I remember watching that movie and thinking that the horse was the best character, and I guess the toy manufacturers must have agreed.  He was more interesting-looking than the Barbie horse on a nearby shelf. He has a gorgeous long mane and tail with sparkly threads in them, as well as a saddle and bridle. Oh, and yes, he did come with that carrot!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Busch Gardens Williamsburg


Hi, it's me, Jubilee. I went to the theme park this week...Busch Gardens is just a short drive from my house. (Leslie drove me, of course.) Here I am, trying to decide if I will ride that roller coaster or not. It turned out, not! It's a fun place to go, even if you don't ride the rides. There's lots to see, and if you're hungry you can get Dippin' Dots like I did!

Sorry I look a little blurry here; Leslie was trying to hold too many things in her hands at once and this is the best she could do.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swap Package for Angie


I've been a Facebook friend of Angie Coppi for quite a while...almost two years, I think. She is a life-long quilter, and since getting into Blythe, she has been making quilt and pillow sets on a small scale for dolls. Last summer we decided to do a swap: she would make me a quilt set in colors of my choosing, and I would make some clothes for her girls. We both have been busy with other things and agreed to take our time with our packages. I received Angie's package last week; I posted pictures of the wonderful pink and turquoise bedding she sent me HERE .

I'm happy to say that I also finished my package for her! In addition to a couple of things I sent her before Christmas as a sort of down payment on my swap, I sent her the four outfits below. The blue dress is for her newest girl, who didn't have a personalized dress from me yet. The black outfit is a sleeveless dress with a bolero jacket and matching bag. The yellow dress is made from the long-sleeve pattern I drafted to make Angie a white dress for a St. Lucia picture over a year ago...this dress has a matching knitted vest and a felt shoulder bag, which is something NEW! I'm quite excited about this bag, and the one that goes with the green dress, because I love working with felt and I think these bags look great. I intend to make more, to sell in my Etsy shop either separately or as part of outfits like these. Last but not least, the green dress is my standard sleeveless dress made from three coordinated fabrics, paired with a short-sleeved cardigan. I realized after I took this picture that you can't tell that the sweater is short-sleeved, so I took another picture to show it off better, which you will find below.

Angie has just received this package, and she reports that she and her girls are very happy with everything!







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Difference of Opinion



Friends don't have to agree on everything.



My friend Angie Coppi sent us these dresses for my birthday...we love them!

These dolls are Blythe Adores Anna Sui on the left, and Playful Raindrops on the right.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter






This is My Melody, wearing her stock bunny ears, and a dress I made.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter's on its Way


Bunny, chicks, a basket full of colored eggs...
hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way!

Happy Easter to all from Ellie and her friends. 


Ellie is my Ichigo Heaven Blythe doll. The bunny is a McDonald's Happy Meal toy from the movie "The Secret Life of Pets".

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's Pizza Time!


After spending hours studying her cookbook, Ann was able to create a pizza that is sure to impress her family and friends. 


Ann is my UFO A GoGo Blythe doll. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fascinating Bedtime Reading


She didn't have time to stop by the library today, so Ann's options for bedtime reading are extremely limited. 



This is Ann, my UFO A GoGo Blythe doll, reading a tiny cookbook we received in a swap a few years ago. It actually has "real" pages!



Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful New Bedding, Part II


Yesterday, Ellie decided to sleep on the sofa so she wouldn't mess up the beautiful new quilt set on the bed. Ann had no problem making herself comfortable, however! 




Ann always has a hard time getting started in the morning. 



Ann is my UFO A GoGo Blythe doll. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beautiful New Bedding


What do you do when you want to go to sleep, but your bed looks so beautiful with the new quilt and pillows that you don't want to ruin the effect?

I guess Ellie will be sleeping on the sofa tonight. 

Thank you to Angie Coppi for the gorgeous bedding set. She hand-sewed the quilt (which is very detailed, with lace, beads, and quilted hearts), using colors that I requested; she also hand-sewed the matching pillows and sleep mask; and she knitted the amazing throw from bamboo yarn--which I've never heard of before--it is extremely soft and beautiful. This is Angie's half of a swap we are doing...I am still working on my package for her. I think I need to "up" my game a little, in light of these fabulous gifts!


Ellie is my Ichigo Heaven Blythe doll. She got her name thanks to another swap I did...that swap partner was getting a new doll, and was trying to decide on a name for her. The top contender was "Ellie", so I went ahead and made a white dress with that name embroidered on it as part of the swap. But...you guessed it...she decided on a different name for the doll, so I kept the dress and used the name for the next girl to enter my dolly family!



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hospitality


Beryl's friends call her the "Queen of Hospitality", because she always has fruit punch and a freshly-baked cake on hand in case they stop by unexpectedly (which they do...because they love punch and cake!) 


The blue-haired dolls are Daphne and Waverly, my Candy Carnival Blythes. Beryl, the green-haired girl, is Enchanted Petal. 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Contrast


There is beauty in contrast.



These are my darkest and lightest Blythe dolls: Cherry Beach Sunset, whose skin tone is "mocha", and Cousin Olivia, whose skin tone is "very fair". I saw them side-by-side on the shelf and needed to photograph them together!



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Good News


Clutching the letter from her friend in her hand, Heidi smiled and nodded in agreement as a Bible verse came to mind: "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land." (Proverbs 25:25)



Friday, March 31, 2017

Jane in Pink



Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate. 
                                                  --William Shakespeare



This is Jane, my Kenner Blythe doll.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nature

"We can never have enough nature."

                                         --Henry David Thoreau


This is Cecilia, my new Cinema Princess Blythe doll. I wish this scene was a real place--I would love to spend some time there!




Friday, March 24, 2017

Beauty


She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes

-Lord Byron




This is Anna Sui, my current favorite Blythe doll. I call her Zelda. Her hair! Her hair is a dark, dusky purple; it is so soft, and slightly wavy. It's perfectly beautiful. As is she. 





Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Happy Birthday


I had such a nice birthday last Friday: my dear husband showered me with gifts, I received many warm wishes on Facebook, and I bought myself a doll! Yay! One of my favorite gifts from that day is this background my daughter Jenna drew for me to use in dolly photos. I told her I wanted something monochromatic, something like a sketch, something that looked like a storefront...and when I saw this Bakery background, my jaw dropped--it is EXACTLY what I wanted! She is such a talented artist (yes, she did go to art school), so to receive a hand-made gift from her is always exciting!

I like to make birthday-themed photos on a regular basis, so I will have something new to post on friends' timelines on Facebook when it is their special day. (If you want to "friend" me on Facebook, my name there is Leslie Ann Andersen, and I have Blythe dolls as my avatar.) I know just the person to be the first one to receive this picture on their timeline--I'm going to go post it now!


This is the purple-haired Anna Sui, whom I call Zelda.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Giant Mushrooms!


Wow! Look at those giant mushrooms!

...is what I said to myself last week when I saw them in a photo on Flickr by the incredibly talented photographer, pure_embers (Laura Embers). I'm a sucker for awesome dolly photo props, and I just HAD to have those mushrooms, so I did what I always do when I need something: I visited Amazon.com. I searched "mushroom sculpture", and before you could say "Cheese!", it was on it's way to me.

I love this springtime outdoor environment; let me tell you how I created it. The background is a piece of fabric I found at eQuilter (for a link to the fabric, click HERE ). The ground is a moss runner I recently picked up at World Market; it is meant for a table or mantelpiece as part of your Easter decorating. It is apparently made of real moss, glued to a background--it really sheds a lot! The mossy stones in front of the mushrooms are sold as "vase fillers", and they came from Amazon (the link is HERE). There--now you know all my secrets!

It might be difficult to incorporate these mushrooms into other photos and settings...my usual go-to girls with fantasy hair colors and bright dresses don't seem to go with it. I will have to experiment. It will be a challenge. I'm up for it!

This model is Patience, my ever-lovely Veronica Lace Blythe doll.  (I don't know the maker of her dress, because I purchased it second-hand.)



Actually, there is ONE more secret I will share with you. If you are wondering where/how I set up my pictures, here it is: an unedited, straight-from-the-camera photo of my work space. I set up most of my pictures on this old baby-changing table (I had to remove the front rail). It's a great size, and there are two open shelves underneath to store props. After taking a picture (with my Panasonic Lumix camera) I edit it in PicMonkey: I usually have to crop it, brighten it, warm up the colors, and then throw in an effect or two, such as Lomo or Burst. I play around with it until I feel like the photo really "grabs" me, and then I save it to my computer. I put all my best ones on Flickr; I consider that my back-up in case something happens to my computer. Editing makes all the difference between a boring picture and a great one. l





Monday, March 20, 2017

Matching Dresses


At a customer's request, I made a Middie-size dress to match the Neo kitty dress I made last week. I've made Middie dresses before, but they were looser in the waist. This time, I adjusted the pattern so it would be a miniature version of the Neo dress, and I love how it turned out.



There's even a pair of kitty panties to match!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cecilia


I recently had a birthday, and--no surprise--I bought myself a new Blythe doll!

I've wanted Cinema Princess for quite a while, as much for her gorgeous box as for the doll herself, so when I found her at Mandarake, I placed my order. (Side note: Mandarake is awesome! I've bought several dolls there, and they arrive from Japan as quickly as they would arrive from a few states away. I paid on Tuesday and she arrived on Friday--and this has been my experience every time.)

Below: birthday haul.



She came with two stock outfits, and a beautiful pink chair. There are so many tiny accessories--a full set of jewelry to go with this gown, plus shoes, gloves, and a crown; and then there is a riding outfit, which I haven't opened yet...it has about a dozen pieces. So. Much. Stuff. I wanted to take a quick picture of her with these beautiful tulips, which my mother sent me, while they are still fresh; in the coming week I will try to take a few more pictures to showcase all the things that came with her.

I've named her Cecilia. And wait a minute--a riding outfit? Does this mean I have to find her a horse??









Saturday, March 18, 2017

Zelda


This is my gorgeous Blythe Adores Anna Sui doll. I named her Zelda, which is a name I've always liked; it seems slightly exotic to me, and it has the literary association of being the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, who was also a writer. When I mentioned the name to my adult daughter, I wasn't surprised that she immediately thought of the Nintendo game called The Legend of Zelda. I did a little Googling, and discovered that the creator of that video game actually named it after Zelda Fitzgerald! Isn't that an interesting fact? 



Friday, March 17, 2017

Green is the Color...



Happy St. Patrick's Day


The beautiful Allegra Champagne poses for one more picture...I took this last week, when I was using her as my model exclusively, and now I will tell you why: I was trying to help a friend sell HER Allegra Champagne, and my plan was to take to most appealing pictures of her that I could manage, and to post them on Facebook, where my friend had her doll for sale. And it worked! A few days after I started posting pictures, the doll sold (although the newly-lowered price had something to do with it too, I'm sure.)



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Picnic in the Park



When the weather is this nice, it would just be WRONG to stay inside!


These Blythe dolls are Ice Rune and Cousin Olivia.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Selfie Sunday


It's a beautiful day! Zelda grabbed her friends and headed to the park to enjoy the outdoors. Happy Selfie Sunday, everyone!


These Blythe dolls are, from left to right: Sadie Sprinkle (I call her Juliette), Blythe Adores Anna Sui (Zelda), and Allegra Champagne (Bridget).



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Child of the Universe


      "You are a child of the universe,
       no less than the trees and the stars;
       you have a right to be here." 
                                     --from "The Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann

 

The quote, above, is from the poem called The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. I remember hearing this poem when I was in high school, and I just re-read it--wow! It contains so much wisdom and good advice. I expect to use several more quotes from in to accompany doll pictures in the near future. (Click on the blue words to go to the full text.)

This lovely angel is Bridget, my Allegra Champagne Blythe doll.




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Words of Wisdom


The only way to have a friend is to be one.
                                                     --Ralph Waldo Emerson


This is Mandy Cotton Candy; I call her Paisley. Her friend is a mini Lalaloopsy who came in one of the new "blind box" paint can packages. I love the surprise of blind boxes, and I love Lalaloopsies, so I was excited to get one, and I am very pleased with this little girl When I read the insert that came with the package, I had a second surprise: these Lala's are not unique to the paint cans; they seem to be nothing more than the regular Lalaloopsies, repackaged! I'm so glad I didn't get one I already have! The paint can is cute, and although the scale of it is a bit big for Blythe, I hope to find a way to use it with my dolls (after removing the label, of course!)





Sunday, March 5, 2017

Natural Beauty


A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.  
                                                         --Zen Shin


Allegra Champagne, the 15th Anniversary Blythe doll.  She is especially beautiful because not only is she translucent, she also has a pearly finish to her face.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Poetry and Daffodils

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

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I wandered lonely as a cloud 
That floats on high o'er vales and hills, 
When all at once I saw a crowd, 
A host, of golden daffodils; 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, 
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. 

Continuous as the stars that shine 
And twinkle on the milky way, 
They stretched in never-ending line 
Along the margin of a bay: 
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, 
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. 

The waves beside them danced; but they 
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: 
A poet could not but be gay, 
In such a jocund company: 
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought 
What wealth the show to me had brought: 

For oft, when on my couch I lie 
In vacant or in pensive mood, 
They flash upon that inward eye 
Which is the bliss of solitude; 
And then my heart with pleasure fills, 
And dances with the daffodils. 


This is Bridget, my Allegra Champagne Blythe doll. The daffodils in our front yard have been in bloom for almost two weeks now, and I wanted to capture a few of them before they go. I hope you didn't mind the long-ish poem, but it seemed to be just the right thing to accompany this photo.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Victorian Lady in Colonial Williamsburg


I don't photograph my dolls in public very often, but for today's theme, "Victorian", I made an exception.

My husband and I frequently walk through the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg, near where we live here in Virginia. It is a living museum, open to the public, and it costs nothing to walk all around (but you do need a pass to go inside the buildings.) When I told him that I wanted to bring a doll with us for pictures, he quickly nodded and said "Sure, I'll hold her for you." Wasn't that awesome of him! But I wanted to take a picture from a low angle, with her standing on the ground as if she was a life-sized person. Here's my picture. The building in the background is called the Governor's Palace, because it is so grand, and was the home to Virginia's first governors in the 1700's. Perhaps you've heard of Thomas Jefferson? He lived here from 1776 to 1779.

This picture was taken on a long, grassy field called the Palace Green. On warm days it is swarming with people, but this day was rather chilly, so there were few people and I wasn't too self-conscious about setting up my shot in public. The only person who seemed to notice us was a man who walked up and stood right next to us, looking at the Palace--but he didn't say a word!

I realize that the Victorian era was in the 1800's, so Dainty Biscuit and her outfit are out of place--but still, doesn't she look nice? Some day I will de-box Dauphine Dream and bring her to Colonial Williamsburg for pictures--her stock dress is exactly right for that time and place.


This is Dainty Biscuit.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Fashion Favorite


A simple sleeveless dress with a fitted waist, wide skirt and an interesting hem...fun shoes...something in the hair...that's the recipe for our favorite fashion style.

I had so much fun editing this picture (using PicMonkey) that I've included two bonus edits, below! The theme for today is "Fashion Favorite." The girls kindly agreed that the dresses I make for them are their favorites! Thanks, girls!




I love this one that looks like a Polaroid. Since the sides are cut off, it has a very spontaneous quality to it.  




Who are these charming girls, you ask? From left to right: Can Can Cat, Ms. Retro Mama, Simply Thumpty Thump, and Prima Dolly Amaryllis

Sunday, February 26, 2017

This is February??


The sky is blue, a warm breeze is blowing; the birds are singing, the trees are blooming...this is February??






Snowflake Sonata is wearing Junie Moonie Cutie's stock dress. (I don't own Junie Moonie Cutie--I just have her dress!) These pictures are for the theme "Stripes".

If I could only have one Blythe doll, I'm pretty sure I would pick this girl. Her hair is so long and smooth and easy to manage, and it's PINK! Her eye colors are fabulous (no orange!--just pink, blue, gray and purple) and she has special brown eyelashes. All that, plus a pink pull ring, make her my ideal Blythe.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tessa Dreams


Tessa dreams of polka dots
and dollies in her hair;
she's so sad when she awakes
and finds they aren't there. 


This is Prima Dolly Peony, surrounded by part of my collection of Lala Loopsy minis. This photo is for the theme "Dots".


Friday, February 24, 2017

Beach Girl


Gidget submitted the wining slogan for the new clothing 
company, Mango Season, and she won a modeling contract! 
This ad, from her first photo shoot, will soon be in all the fashion magazines. 


This photo is for the theme "shirts with words on them."

My friend Sara Ricer made the outfit as part of a swap we did a few years ago. She made up her own brand (Mango Season), and carved a rubber stamp to put the logo on the shirt and bag. She also made the cute denim skirt with a frayed hem and colorful patches. 

Gidget (Cherry Beach Sunset) is wearing her stock hairband--which was surprisingly difficult to put on in such a way that it would stay in place and look okay!



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fashion Failure


Later in the day, Marina will be mortified to discover that her skirt is inside out, her shoes don't match, and she's trailing a toilet paper streamer.

But for now, ignorance is bliss.


Marina is my Playful Raindrops Blythe doll. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Perfect Companion


Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
--Collette


This Blythe doll is Playful Raindrops. This photo is for the theme "hood", but obviously, I went in a completely different direction with the quote. I love the way the quote is worded...I try to imagine the companions we might have with five or six or more feet.

A wonderful knitter made the hooded sweater for my dolls in one of my very first Blythe swaps...and I'm sorry to say I don't remember her name any more. It's a really nice sweater! Marina is also wearing Ms. Retro Mama's stock red dress, along with the hard-to-find cherry boots that I DID find last year! The tights came as part of the Takara boot set.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hard at Work


Would you believe...the hardest part of making this dress 
was sewing all the buttons down the front!




This is Beryl, my Enchanted Petal Blythe doll. This photo is for the theme "Buttons".